Summary: This is a great family outing along the sycamore shaded Big Sycamore Canyon. Starting from Satwiwa Cultural Center, the trail is all downhill to the ocean, ending at Sycamore campground in Pt Mugu State Park. As you head down into the canyon, you have a spectacular view of Old Boney Mountain.
You will need to two cars to pull this off, leaving one at the beach (the hikes end-point), and the other taking you back to the hikes starting point. A number of spots along the trail have picnic benches and restrooms. The first 3 miles are paved, with the balance of the route on a relatively smooth dirt fire road. On a bike, you can almost coast all the way to the ocean! A great stopping point for lunch is at the Danielson Ranch group camp, about 3 miles into the hike.
Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway in Newbury Park, exit on Wendy Drive. Drive 2.5 miles south to Lynn Road and turn right. Continue a mile or so, then just past Reino road turn left into Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa Park on the left side of the road. (Lat:34.15322 Lon:-118.96565)
Trail Guides for Big Sycamore Canyon:
On The Trail - Malibu to Santa Barbara
by Cathy Philipp (Cathy Philipp Publishing)
Day Hikes in Ventura County California
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Santa Monica Recreation Area - 805-370-2300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Vinny on 8/2/2012
Have done this one on foot and by bike, round trip both times. This is an all day activity on foot, and not to be taken lightly. Pack a lunch and take it easy, don't rush. Lots of benches to rest, lots of fountains to refill on water, a few stops to use the restroom. Ends at the beach where there are campgrounds. Lots of different trails split off at the beginning and end of the trail, so be careful you don't get lost. On bike, you can do the trail, there and back, in a couple hours. Once you leave the paved area (a couple miles at the start), it's a bit rough in places, especially the dips, but nothing dangerous. Just use the road most traveled. Good luck riding up the canyon road on your return!
Reviewed by Eric E on 9/10/2011
I love this hike. Used to hike twice a week and do the round trip from Newbury Park to the beach and then back to N.P. Be sure to bring water! Sometimes it gets hotter in the canyon than the surrounding area and there is no water source a lot of the time as the water taps get shut off. It is a nice easy hike on a nice wide fire road. I have seen deer, coyote, rattle snakes, quail, road runners, and even a bob cat. Keep dogs on a leash or get a really expensive ticket & get lots of ticks.
Reviewed by Jenny J on 4/14/2011
Hiked this one on a weekday from the bottom for a couple of miles and turned back. Had the trail mostly to ourselves, very pretty and green right now. Green parrots everywhere. More like a pleasant stroll than a hike really.
Reviewed by Taj on 1/31/2011
While biking, I accidentally took a wrong turn and got terribly lost. I thought I might die! Make sure you know your way before you go!
Reviewed by karen on 7/11/2010
Good hike. You turn off Lynn Road onto Arroyo Conejo/Via Goleta, next to the Rocking K Horse stables. You can also rent horses there and ride them on the trail.
Reviewed by JESS<3 on 5/5/2010
LOVE this hike. I can do it in 2.5 hours. This weekend were going round trip! Loooking forward to it. I enjoy going with a group of friends makes it more fun!
Reviewed by J.O. on 3/3/2010
I hiked both ways today. it was long and my feet are killing me... but it was a nice place to spend my day off. next time i'll wear some nikes instead of hiking boots
Reviewed by Edita on 11/20/2009
I hiked this trail both ways couple years ago. It got dark by the time we came back. So, it was a little challenging hike last couple miles in the dark surrounded with barking (yapping) coyotes. But it was one of the most memorable hikes. I would like to repeat it.
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